Sisu’s birthday wishes

25.11.2023 by Sisu (with a little help from Mervi), Photos by Sheila & Philip Baker and Marko Junttila

Terve! Hello! Maybe you know that I celebrate my 7th birthday today? Mervi insisted on inserting a birthday card in my newsletter so here it is:


I was born on the 25th of November 2016 in Ranua but as you know my home is now in the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

Oh bear, how time flies!


I have many good memories from Ranua but I love to be here in the Yorkshire Wildlife Park which is said to be one of the best animal parks in the world – if not the best!!

I have many good friends here but because it’s my birthday I want to be the STAR in this newsletter! 🙂


We all have lots of enrichment …


…. so sometimes it’s difficult to choose!


I wonder when there will be polar bear proof toys …. 🙂


What are my birthday wishes? I have food, shelter, toys, friends and loving keeepers (rangers) here so I don’t need anything bearsonally. I wish people would wake up and think about saving our planet and all the living creatures here! Knowing that many polar bears – and other animals – are living under miserable living conditions due to the climate change makes me very sad. My wish to all humas is: WAKE UP!


However, we must try to keep an optimistic mind. Maybe the two legged creatures will finally open their eyes!


Of course, I’m dreaming of snow and ice. Luckily I have photos of the snowy Winters in Ranua so I can watch them when I want to see show.  🙂 Here’s a little selection.

Have I really been so small?


You must admit I was a very cute cubbie!


Little snow on the nose makes everybear look even cuter! 🙂


I wonder if that ice would carry my weight now …


Mervi: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU, MY SWEET SISU! I’m sure the readers of this magazine will join me when I’m singing for you – and I’ll try not to sing out of key!!



  1. Happy Birthday, dear Sisu!!

    You have grown from an adorable boy to a big polar bear. Not only do you look very good, but you are also smart.
    Unlike people, you appreciate where and how you live. You are satisfied. And unlike many people, you are concerned about the flora and fauna of all of our planet.
    I wish you a lot of joy today and stay healthy, cool and smart!

    Thank you, dear Mervi for this enchanting the post for Sisu’s birthday.
    Dear Sheila & Philip Baker und Marko Junttila, thank you also for this wonderful pictures from the life of Sisu!!


  2. Vielen DANK für die schönen Fotos von dem Geburtstagsbären Sisu!🐻‍❄️👌 Ich kann mich seinen Wünschen nur anschließen!!!
    Ihm selbst wünsche ich alles GUTE für das neue LEBENSJAHR, weiterhin ein schönes Leben im YWP und eine extra Portion SCHNEE, wenn die weißen Flocken vom Himmel fallen…❄❄❄🤗

    How time flies. You were such
    a lovely cubbie and now you are
    a big bear, like your father. 🙂
    I think, Yorkshire is a nice place
    to live. The birthday cards are nice!

  4. Hello SISU,

    you have become a beautiful and very big bear.
    Congratulations on your 7th birthday!

    You will probably have to dream of snow in Rauna for a long time, but you did very well in the Yorkshire Park and I am very happy for you.
    Stay healthy and continue to have a great bear life!

  5. Dear Mervi!
    Thank you for the wonderful birthday page for Sisu!
    I wish the beautiful and beloved Finn that he has many wonderful experiences and adventures in his new year of life, happy and healthy.
    Late but from the heart: HAPPY BIRTHDAY dear Sisu!


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